The Perspective of Beach Balls Mission on Mars

To explore the surface of Mars NASA sent the rover to this planet. NASA has spent 924 million dollars since the beginning of the mission. This sum is not that huge compared to the cost of the Endeavor shuttle which comes up to 1.7 billion dollars. Mars rovers have gathered a lot of useful information. The major failure of the rovers is that the soft sand on Mars makes them get stuck. The rovers are agile and are able to maneuver when it comes to tough areas, however if they are caught in the Mars sand they are of no use. The mars robots can be guided with the help of thermal sensors, video cameras, and drills that help to gather data.

The main drawbacks in exploring Mars is high cost and navigating the rough landscape. The State Administration should think about solutions to financing NASA programs for further Mars exploration. The development in nanotechnology paves the way to more economical missions.

Nanotechnology is based on building things on a new level, namely the atom level. Actually, the carbon atom has had a huge impact on the development of nanotechnology in the recent years. Manipulating carbon atoms it is possible to build specially-equipped machines. This makes it possible to build very small Martian robots with all the necessary tools. 100 nano robots will need the same space as was necessary for the rovers. A setback is that small robots could hardly navigate the rough Martian landscape. So, there is a need for special vehicle that would be light enough and would successfully carry the robots to explore Mars.

The answer could be simpler than it may seem. Beach balls may be used as a low cost vehicle needed for space missions to Mars. The idea works the following way: tiny robots are encased in lightweight beach balls. When landed on Mars the beach ball vehicles could get inflated by a micro pumping mechanism built in the robots. The winds on the Red Planet would move the beach balls with the robots around the planetís landscape. When tests were needed, including chemical or temperature analysis, and video record, the vehicles could get deflated to keep the robots in place. Surely, some beach balls would get caught in cracks, but most of them would succeed. The data scientists could get from this mission would be enormous and the mission itself would be cost effective. Just imagine Martian robots bouncing on beach balls around the planetís landscape.